Knitted beret

Winter is coming so hats, beanies and berets will be on our needles , hooks and minds now. Cathy knitted her first beret in her own spun wool and alpaca and is really pleased with the result even though it had started out badly. The pattern she used just looked and felt all wrong and so she took a leaf out of Maria’s book and just unpicked what she didn’t like. That left her with the band. She then looked at various beret patterns and worked out a way of increasing and decreasing. She was knitting and purling as she  felt like it so you can do the same. This is what she did:

Round needles/dpns 3.75 and 5.00

8 ply or equivalent yarn

Using 3.75 needles cast on 102 stitches.

Purl 3 , knit one for the next rounds until you have knitted 5cm. Last stitch should be knit. Make sure you mark the first stitch.

Change to 5.00 needles and continue with the purl 3 knit one pattern for another   5cm.

The band is now 10cm wide.

Decide whether you want to knit or purl the next round. Cathy purled it.

Increase round:Knit or purl 5 stitches, increase into the next one. Knit or purl 5 stitches , increase into the next one. Continue like this until the end of the round.

Knit or purl the next row.

Now do the opposite. If it was a knit row then purl it. If it was a purl row then knit it.

Repeat the increase round.

Now you can carry on as you please until your work measures 18cm.

Decrease row: K2 tog , knit 10 stitches, slip one stitch, knit one. Pass slip stitch over. Continue with this until the end of the round.

Purl or knit next round

K2 tog , knit 9 stitches, slip one stitch, knit one. Pass slip stitch over. Continue with this until the end of the round.

Purl or knit next round

K2 tog , knit 8 stitches, slip one stitch, knit one. Pass slip stitch over. Continue with this until the end of the round.

Do this decreasing until you get to knit two stitches before the slip stitch.

Knit or purl one row . Break yarn but leave a tail. Thread a needle though with the tail of wool and pull stit

ches tight and sew securely for the top of the beret.

 

 

 

 

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Weaving wonders

Peter and John were both doing some good weaving this week with interesting colour palettes. John was using his inkle loom and making a bag strap with dark colours. Peter was mastering a new pattern and had chosen some lovely bright colours which go well together and show up the  new pattern to good effect.

Show and tell

show and tell march 18th

It was a lovely day down by the beach…and then it got a bit warm again! Luckily , we were just about ready to go home by then. There were so many good things to look at this week and so many great ideas to share.

Jan Bentley : a skein of finely spun alpaca in light fawn.

Wendy : 2 balls of finely spun baby camel/wool in pale cream

Cathy: a ball of spun wool dyed with a bottle of Cabernet Shiraz, a small kerchief for her grandson plus a Fair Isle beanie to match,

Marina: 2 pairs of spiral knitted socks, in dark red & green, the other brown mixed with a beanie to match.

Maria : a small jumper in fawn with strips of red & green, small knitted toys for girls with a lacy dress, a man with a hat, sheep, penguin & a fish.

Peter: a piece of weaving made in to lovely bag by Marina.

John: a piece of weaving ready for his next shopping bag,

Sonya: brought in a huge bag of lemon scented Verbena,

Janette: a bag of lemons.

Christine: a bucket full of grapes.